A good computer network needs to have two very important items as core parts: the ability to share information effectively and the ability to keep all information contained therein secure all of the time. While it might sound as if having excellent security would inhibit effective communications and data transfer, the exact opposite is actually the case. However, all the components of your network design and implementation do have to be carefully orchestrated for this to work properly.

One of the most often misunderstood parts of network solutions is the layman's belief that these are all simple matters. While it is useful to have effective anti-virus software and to keep every operating system patched to its most complete level possible, these are only some components of a proper security plan. There also tends to be a lot of work associated with establishing security protocols and keeping small details of your network solutions held together securely. A lot of business owners would be surprised at how many details actually go into services such as managed servers and other outsourced components of IT infrastructure.

For example, keeping usernames and passwords secure from attempts to hack such pieces of information can be a substantial chore in and of itself. The fact of the matter is, more employees forget their own usernames and passwords on a regular basis than most business owners would believe, which actually contributes significantly to the workload of IT staff.

Beyond the need to prepare figures, however, a network is a chain. Any chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

*Using the right people is crucial to both establishing and maintaining both your network's security and its connectivity
*Sharing information among your employees is vital to running your business successfully

For those with an understanding of network security, this is a potentially terrible beach because of the tendency closely knit employees have to share their login information with one another. While sharing login information may not sound insecure, this tends to lead to employees keeping the same, often far too simple passwords for extended periods of time. For many employers, network management services can start in earnest with instituting proper policies regarding the use of the network itself.

The first rule is to only use the network for business purposes. While human beings tend to drift around online and check out the occasional YouTube video, it can easily become excessive quickly if you do not enforce the rules. Sending chain letters, sharing inane links and other non-professional purposes need to be addressed immediately and punished properly. Even the best outsourced solutions can only work when they are in concert with effective company policies.

As well, you need to enforce a strict plan of password security. Passwords need to be kept hidden from general view, even within your office. Every employee also needs to change his or her password at least every two weeks, so a hacker who does crack a password does not gain permanent and unrestricted access to the network. However, not everything ends with your employees.

You also need to ensure that both the company you outsource technology solutions to and your own IT department maintain everything effectively. This begins proactively by forming a regular maintenance plan when the network is initially set up and continues on a regular basis. While it can be tempting to think of IT in nearly mystical terms, it is as quantifiable as conversions or revenue numbers and must be reported on with equal clarity and regularity.

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